October 23rd, 2007 11:50 EST
No Amnesty for Phone Companies
The phone companies are on the verge of being let off the hook for handing over customers` private records to the government without a warrant. One Senator, Jay D. Rockefeller (D-WV), holds the key to making sure phone companies are not rewarded for their bad behavior.
American voters strongly oppose amnesty for phone companies.(1) But instead of pushing to hold phone companies accountable for violating Americans` privacy, Sen. Rockefeller is rushing to give them immunity. Rockefeller needs to hear from every American who wants him to stand up for our privacy and not let phone companies off the hook.
Sign the ACLU`s Don`t Let Lawbreakers Off the Hook " Petition to Senator Rockefeller Now.
Senator Rockefeller, who was one of the first to challenge the legality of the NSA spying program, has become the driving force behind backroom negotiations to immunize phone companies from illegally providing customer information to the government without warrants.
We have little time to stop Rockefeller from giving phone companies a get out of jail free " card. And we need your help to make it happen.
We must gather 50,000 petition signatures by Monday, October 29th, when the ACLU and other organizations will deliver these petitions publicly on Capitol Hill, protesting the Rockefeller plan to let phone companies off the hook. Only this kind of public outcry will get Sen. Rockefeller`s attention. Sign the petition to Senator Rockefeller Now.
Telecom immunity will wipe out a series of pending lawsuits alleging violations of privacy rights by phone companies, which provided telephone records, summaries of email traffic and other information to the government without warrants. Citizens who believe their most fundamental rights were violated will never get their day in court.
Don`t let it happen. Tell Senator Rockefeller to stop protecting some of the most powerful corporations in America from the legal consequences of turning over their customers` private records without regard for the law.
Senator Rockefeller`s plan to let the giant telecoms off the hook makes a mockery of the rule of law. And, according to Wired.com, it raises serious suspicions that the intense lobbying campaigns by these giant companies, which make huge campaign donations to members of Congress, is buying them an immunity deal. (2)
In fact, according to a New York Times article, "executives at the two biggest phone companies contributed more than $42,000 in political donations to Senator John D. Rockefeller IV this year while seeking his support for legal immunity for businesses participating in National Security Agency eavesdropping." (3)Sign the ACLU`s Don`t Let Lawbreakers Off the Hook " Petition to Senator Rockefeller Now.
Only a loud public outcry can stop this backroom deal from going forward. And we only have a few days to act. So, please sign our petition and pass it on to as many people as you can.
Thank you for standing with us.
Caroline Fredrickson, Director
ACLU Washington Legislative Office